England defender Danny Rose, ex-Arsenal striker Thierry Henry and England manager Gareth Southgate will star in a new BBC One documentary ‘A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health’.
The trio will join Football Association President Prince William to highlight the importance of talking about men’s mental health, which airs on Sunday at 10.30pm.
Danny Rose opens up at length about his struggles with depression in the build-up to the 2018 World Cup, after his lengthy knee injury and the death of a close family member triggered the illness, and spoke about how a club trying to buy him last summer wanted to make sure he was not “crazy”.
“I think there’s still a long way to go in football because in the summer I was speaking to another club, and they said, ‘The club would like to meet you, just to check that you’re not crazy’. Because of what I’d said and what I’d been through. I was embarrassed, as whatever I’ve been through I like to think it doesn’t affect me doing my job. I still know I’ll always give a hundred per cent.”
“In the end they didn’t put a bid in, but to think that people assume I might be crazy is embarrassing and I’m still angry about it to this day. If that opportunity came around again I’d definitely say no now.”
Rose has previously spoken out strongly against racism, after saying that he “cannot wait to walk away from football” after recent racist abuse and coming to the support of Raheem Sterling’s response to the media’s treatment of black players.